Salt, Henry (illus). Daniel Havell (engraver).
London. William Miller. May 1, 1809.
Aquatint engraving, hand colored, 18 x 23 1/2 inches on heavy sheet 21 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches. Light foxing across sheet (visible (but not very noticeable) in sky but not in richly-colored landscape), sheet corners lightly bumped, binding strip of paper adhered to top edge of verso; good condition overall; would display very well. A beautiful vista, drawn by Henry Salt and engraved by D. Havell. Plate 12 from the publication "Twenty-Four Views in St. Helena, The Cape, India, Ceylon, The Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt" (Abbey, Volume II, #515). Of particular interest is the discussion in Abbey: "A close examination of this copy throws a curious side-light on the economics of its production. The plate paper, as is common, is made up of two sheets pasted together, but in this case one of the sheets had already been used for printing a map, as can be clearly seen when the paper is held up to the light." This is the case with the current engraving - a map is visible when holding the sheet up to the light - quite a surprise! Abbey also takes on the issue of date of printing of the plates for the issue described in the particular volume catalogued by Abbey: "As is shown by the title-pages, the plates and text were first published in 1809. This is confirmed by an advertisement in the Monthly Literary Advertiser. The above impressions of the plates, however, as is shown by the watermarks, must be late." As with the plates described by Abbey, it seems that these plates would have been issued after the date printed. An atmospheric vista enhanced by its very large size. Item #56326